The following member story was shared with us by Christine Johnston, a Massachusetts Koko FitClub owner. Ken Hill shows us that we have the power to take control of diabetes through exercise and determination.
Ken Hill joined Koko FitClub on August 8, 2011. A year and a half later, he was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, put on medication, and told that he would be on it for life. Determined to prove his doctor wrong, Ken changed everything about his diet and worked out at the club — both cardio and strength training — every day of the week.
“[When] I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes,” recalled Ken, “I vowed that I would do something about it, and Koko FitClub was the tool I would use to get healthier. Only three months later, my doctor took me off the meds and marveled at my transformation. How did I do it? It came down to two things, eating better and Koko FitClub. Unlike other gyms I have been to, Koko offers a life-altering experience. With its Smartraining technology I always know what I need to do when I work out.”
To date, Ken has lost more than 60 pounds. But even more impressive are his other biomarkers:
- Good cholesterol: +10 points, overall cholesterol improved
- Resting heart rate: down from 90+ to 64
- A1C levels: down from 9+ to 5.7 The Hemoglobin A1C test is used as a standard tool to determine blood sugar control for patients with diabetes.
His Koko stats are impressive, too: His strength is up 75%, his body mass index has dropped over 8 points, and his Q score (a Koko strength score used to measure progress) is up from 36 to 90.
“When I first started, my Q score was that of an average 70- to 80-year-old man,” said Ken. “Today my Q score is that of an average 20- to 30-year-old. Koko has given me the tools and the support to not only control my diabetes but to also feel younger and healthier.”
And, just to put the icing on the cake (not literally, of course), Ken Hill just ran his first 5K at the age of 50… and he did it in just 35:43, ranking 2nd among 50-59 year old males.
“Koko, for me, can be summed up in the word of the old Bob Dylan song, My Back Pages, ‘I was so much older then, I’m younger than that now.’”
Who says diabetes is unbeatable?
– Mary Obana, President & Co-Founder, Koko FitClub and Christine Johnston, Owner, Koko FitClub of Mansfield, Plainville and Walpole, MA
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About Michael Wood, Chief Fitness Officer
Michael Wood, CSCS, is Chief Fitness Officer at Koko FitClub, driving the development of integrated strength and cardio training and nutrition programs for Koko members nationwide. A nationally acclaimed fitness expert, Michael has conducted research as a Senior Exercise Physiologist at the Nutrition, Exercise Physiology and Sarcopenia Laboratory at the Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, and has lectured at Boston University and the University of Connecticut. He has been named Boston Magazine’s “Best of Boston” Personal Trainer, and made the Men’s Journal “Dream Team” list of the nine best trainers in the U.S. Michael and his family live in North Attleboro, MA.